Beaver Valley forward Gavin Tritt battles with the Leafs’ Liam Noble. Photo: Jim Bailey

Beaver Valley forward Gavin Tritt battles with the Leafs’ Liam Noble. Photo: Jim Bailey

Nelson Leafs lose pair of road games to Beaver Valley

The losses cost the Leafs the division lead

The Nelson Leafs suffered a weekend setback in their race for the division lead.

Nelson fell 3-1 to their rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday before losing again 4-0 to the Nitehawks on Saturday. Both games were played in Fruitvale.

The losses mean the Nitehawks (10-6-1) moved atop the Neil Murdoch Division by two points over the Leafs (9-6-1), who still have a game in hand.

On Friday, Nelson was stymied by Nitehawks goaltender Owen Albers in the 3-1 loss.

Liam Noble had the lone goal for Nelson while goaltender Tenzin Mint made 28 saves as the Leafs fired 54 shots at Albers.

Ethan Smyth, Hunter Burgeson and Nathan Dominici each scored for the Nitehawks.

Beaver Valley’s other goalie, Kevin Engman, shut out the Leafs the next night with 23 saves en route to the 4-0 win.

Smyth, Brennan Wilson, Austin McKenzie and Judah Makway each scored for the Nitehawks.

Mint made his second straight start and stopped 33 shots.

Nelson finishes off its November schedule with three home games. The Leafs host the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday before playing the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday.

The Nitehawks then visit the Nelson and District Community Complex on Tuesday.

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